Paper $22.00 ISBN: 9780745335704 Published December 2015 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $90.00 ISBN: 9780745335711 Published December 2015 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada

Jallad

Death Squads and State Terror in South Asia

Tasneem Khalil

Jallad

Tasneem Khalil

Distributed for Pluto Press

176 pages | 5 1/3 x 8 1/2 | © 2016  
Paper $22.00 ISBN: 9780745335704 Published December 2015 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $90.00 ISBN: 9780745335711 Published December 2015 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Throughout South Asia, people live in fear of death squads, from the Rapid Action Battalion of Bangladesh to the “encounter specialists” of India, army units in Nepal, the Frontier Corps of Pakistan, and the “men in white vans” of Sri Lanka. Their tools are disappearance, torture, and summary execution, and their supporters, Tasneem Khalil shows in Jallad, are the governments of these nations—and their patrons, like the United States, the United Kingdom, China, and Israel.
 
An unsparing indictment of an international system of terror that is fully countenanced by the West, Jallad presents close-up, detailed accounts of incidents of state terror and targeted violence throughout South Asia. Khalil, a reporter who himself endured torture at the hands of agents in Bangladesh, and whose remarkable story was featured in the New York Times, draws on countless hours of on-the-ground reporting and a broad network of activists and human rights advocates to build an undeniable portrait of the domination and repression that lies at the very core of statecraft in South Asia. Shielded by their protectors in the developed world, the perpetrators of these abuses deploy them strategically to silence dissent and crush opposition.
 
A brave, essential work of reporting and investigation, Jallad brings these horrific acts to prominence in order to make it impossible for Western governments to continue turning a blind eye to the human rights violations of their erstwhile allies.
Contents
1 Introduction: After the colony 
2 Bangladesh: Men in black 
3 India: Brutal encounters 
4 Nepal: The royal army 
5 Pakistan: Agents of the state 
6 Sri Lanka: White vans 
7 State terror in postcolonial South Asia 
8 Specialists on violence 
9 International system of state terror 
10 A note from the torture chamber 
Notes 
Index
Review Quotes
Meenakshi Ganguly, South Asia Director, Human Rights Watch
“The practice of security forces acting as judge and executioner has led to numerous enforced disappearances and extrajudicial killings in South Asia. Khalil has documented such cases as a journalist in the past, and his book is an important message to states to ensure accountability and respect of human rights.”
Jeremy Seabrook, author of The Refuge and the Fortress: Britain and the Flight from Tyranny
“This is a compellingly focused account of how the former colonial states of South Asia and Nepal have been 'liberated' into an intensified version of state control and violence inherited from their former masters. Tasneem Khalil has produced a spare and factual story of intensifying militarism in the region and its integration into the system of global dominance. It is a powerful and frightening document that traces how political independence mutated into a celebration of the growing power of the military in what he calls 'the garrison state.’”
For more information, or to order this book, please visit http://www.press.uchicago.edu
Google preview here